NUFORC Home Page
Web Report Indexes : by Event Date | by Location | by Shape | by Posting Date

National UFO Reporting Center
Sighting Report
Occurred : 11/16/1999 19:04 (Entered as : 11/16/99 7:04 pm)
Reported: 5/23/2000 10:55
Posted: 2/5/2003
Location: West Chester, OH
Shape: Fireball
Duration:30 seconds?
On 11/16/99 at approx. 7:04 pm, I saw a green/orange "fireball" streaking from west to spit out 5 or so smaller round objects

On November 16, 1999 at approximately 7:04 p.m., I was turning into my driveway which faces north when I saw a "fireball" moving across the horizon at approximately 30 degrees, west-to-east, streaking green/orange across the sky--a predominantly green head and mostly orange tail.  When it got almost to the eastern horizon, it went poof-poof-poof-poof-poof, roman-candle-like from the BACK of the "fireball," spitting out 5 or so smaller, roundish objects--all orange and green.  I didn't see what happened after that because my house and trees were in the way.  What I saw lasted probably less than 30 seconds--but I'm not sure because I was a bit mesmerized by the whole thing!  The moving object was about the width of 1/2-to-2/3 of a full moon.  It was the most spectular thing I've ever seen in the sky--which includes Hale-Bopp and northern lights! I went into my house and, after about 15 minutes of pondering what I had seen, I called the sheriff's office. The person I spoke to said that they had received a lot of calls and that what everybody was seeing was just part of a meteor shower. It was an evening when the Leonids were supposed to be visible, but it was my understanding that this was only in the eastern sky. This really large, object moved parallel to the horizen, from west to east. (I'm writing this 7 months after the event; I keep thinking about what I saw!)